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6 facts about Alexander Bening

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By Gwylym Owen

Alexander Bening (died 1519), also Sanders Bening, was an forward 16th-century miniature painter of the Ghent-Bruges speculative and Netherlandish tradition. His date of birth is unknown.

Bening was part of a South Netherlandish relatives of illuminators. He married Kathelijn van der Goes (probably a sister or niece of the painter Hugo van der Goes). Bening had two sons: Simon Bening, who was trained in his father’s craft, and Paul Bening, whose profession is unknown.

No documented do something is known by Bening. Records indicate in 1469 he became a aficionada of the Guild of Saint Luke. Sanders and his family lived in Ghent, but in 1486 he also joined the Bruges Guild of St John and St Luke, whose association embraced whatever those concerned once the production of books.

His daughter Cornelia married Andrew Halyburton, Conservator of Scottish privileges in the Netherlands. It has been suggested that Bening himself was related to a family of artists surnamed “Binning” working in Edinburgh well ahead in the sixteenth century.

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